I am not sure this ballot measure will pass. The folks backing it tried once before to get it before the voters, but couldn’t get enough signatures. And with the mayor and the DA strongly against its passage, I suspect the initiative will not get enough votes.
[quote=WND article]District Attorney Harris dodged the measure’s thinly veiled implication of racism in explaining why the funds and program are valuable. The ballot measure’s changes “would make it very challenging to investigate and prosecute human trafficking,” she told the Chronicle. “We need to use police resources to investigate where there is a suspicion that women and children, in particular immigrants, are being exploited.”
I am puzzled by Ms. Harris’ claim. Wouldn’t it be easier for women exploited by human trafficking to seek help if they didn’t fear the police?
[quote=WND article]The second program targeted by the measure is San Francisco’s First Offender Prostitution Program, which allows men arrested for soliciting a prostitute to pay $1,000 fine and attend a class on prostitution in exchange for having the misdemeanor charge against them dropped. In April, an audit by the U.S. Department of Justice found that men who participated in the program were 30 percent less likely to be arrested for soliciting a prostitute than men who did not.
I am not so sure about that study (anyone have a link to it?) - I wonder if it just makes men more cautious, for example, looking for pros in Oakland rather than in San Francisco.
Giving their customers a slap on the wrist, while coming done hard on prostitutes, doesn’t seem very just.